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Hear Hawaii’s Musical Greats at Kani Ka Pila Grille

“Drinks by the pool” has a lovely ring to it doesn't it? To those of us who are “old-time kama'ainas,” it reminds me of a simple era when grownups bedecked in Ray Ban Cats and Lauhala label ensembles would wander over to our house to enjoy a drink and a weekend sunset as bright as the glowing red cherries in their Manhattans. While the sweet Hawaiian music spun on the old stereo, we kids played in the pool until dark.

Those simple days are long gone for me, but I can still find a casual place with pool-side drinks and fantastic Hawaiian music that re-creates that special feeling of being happy right where you are. The Kani Ka Pila Grille (Hawaiian for “let’s make music”) at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach is a “must visit” for tourists and locals alike. Serving breakfast, all-day dining, and tropical drinks daily, the real draw is the top-notch live entertainment by some of Hawaii’s greatest island musicians and hot new talent. The lineup is a “who's who” of contemporary Hawaiian master talent every evening from 6 to 9pm: Cyril Pahinui ( pictured), Kawika Kahiapo, Kaukahi, Manoa DNA, Sean Naauao, Weldon Kekauoha, Brother Noland, and more. Nibble on some ono pupu or dinner while listening to the best live Hawaiian music in town.

Tip: In expensive-to-park Waikiki, you get four hours' valet parking for only $6 in the evening with drink or pupu purchase. At lunch valet is free for four hours 11a.m. to 3p.m.

Image courtesy of Chelle Pahinui.

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Uncle Cyril!

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For the best in traditional Hawaiian music in Maui, check out George Kahumoku Jr.'s Slack Key Masters concert series every Wednesday night at the lovely Napili Kai Beach Hotel. You can have. Dinner there, too. It's the best beach on Maui. Bring your snorkel. George has won four Grammys for the compilations coming out of this series. Not to be missed, and a lot if fun in the true Hawaiian style.

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Thanks Sandy, that wonderful truly Hawaiian evening has been on my radar for awhile. Appreciate that you shared it here with our readers. Mahalo e mai.

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Mahalo nui loa & a hui hou!

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Another truly Hawaiian music event happens on Hawaii Island every November: The Kahumoku ‘Ohana Music and Lifestyle Workshop brings some of the state's best musicians - Grammy-winning, many of them - together with amateur musicians from all over the world who learn from these mentors. http://www.konaweb.com/keoki/


Outrigger Reef on the Beach

2169 Kalia Rd
Honolulu, HI, United States
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